There are a lot of reasons to pay attention to medical device integration (MDI). Here’s a major one: MDI is directly connected to returns on your EMR investment. Basically, the more “meaningful” the use of the hospital’s EMR, the better positioned that hospital is to receive federal stimulus dollars.
So what does MDI have to do with “meaningful use?” A lot. MDI unifies all of the digital information generated by individual devices in a hospital, automating the flow of this data directly into a patient’s electronic medical record. The result? A more robust and relevant EMR.
For this reason, hospital boards committed to meeting the federal government’s “meaningful use” requirements are paying attention to MDI. They’re paying attention for other reasons, too. Just as MDI is intimately tied to maturing the EMR, it is also tied to improvements in productivity, safety, and access to data throughout the hospital and beyond.